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Comment: Re:Okay.... so what? (Score 1) 159

by OzPeter (#48684747) Attached to: Sony Accused of Pirating Music In "The Interview"

it's also entirely possible that this was just a mistake

I'd go with someone decided that artistically they wanted the song and then assumed that the artist would agree with whatever Sony would negotiate. The artist didn't, but Sony kept the song in anyway. There is a comment above that says Sony listed the artist for the song in the movies credits. TIMHO this is no "mistake".

Comment: Re:One Potential Application For Rock Bands (Score 2) 83

by OzPeter (#48676479) Attached to: High Speed DIY M&M Sorting Machine Uses iPhone Brain

The article was buried in the middle of countless technical specifications.

Last year I was working on a Stacker/Reclaimer (Sort of but not like this) and was reading through the 500+ page customer specification. Buried in the middle of the electrical section of the spec was a paragraph that said something along the lines of:

An ashtray shall be welded to the side of the operators control room.

When I saw that I thought it was probably something similar to the M&M clause.

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 83

by OzPeter (#48676441) Attached to: High Speed DIY M&M Sorting Machine Uses iPhone Brain

I bet you did not even use an iPhone, pleb.

And if you read TFA (which I bet you didn't) on the top of the list of improvements is to ditch the iPhone.

Try to get rid of the whole iPhone / Bluetooth setup. I think to do this you could try using a Raspberry Pi with a high speed (60/120FPS) capable camera directly attached. The Pi probably has the processing power to do the image processing.

Comment: Re:Lame and not even a direct link (Score 1) 38

by OzPeter (#48670079) Attached to: Subsurface 4.3 Released

The "Lame" blog, mine blog, is one of the main authors of the app ( me ).

And respectfully it is lame. I cannot see any link at all to your software on your blog, and the posted images were deliberately cut in half so they lost a lot of context. In order to find out actual details of the software I had to google the name in order to find the actual website. That is a big fail in my book.

The lack of links, carved up pics and "generalness" of the blog make it and the /. story look like pure click-bait.

Comment: Re:Someone just failed Physics 101... (Score 5, Informative) 54

"...can boost 300 to 400 millivolts power to 3 to 5 volts".

Power? Volts? Boost? Huh???

In common vernacular of an EE you refer to voltage as power with the understanding that there is current being supplied. EG This device is powered by a 9-volt battery. So the the use of power in TFS and TFA is not out of line.

The paragraph form TFA is:

All these ambient energy sources, such as the difference in temperature in a pipe carrying hot water and the outside air, can generate 300 to 400 millivolts, which isn't enough to power anything. TI has built an "ultra-low powered" DC-to-DC switching converter that can boost this power to 3 to 5 volts, which is sufficient to charge a battery, according to Niranjan Pathare, senior marketing development manager at TI.

Also while current is a needed aspect, the level of voltage is a defining factor in electronic design.

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